Saturday, December 6, 2014

Arctic Wolf, Winter's Moon






photo by Jeremy Weber

A blood-painted sky,
a huntscape
in white,

burn bright, burn bright.

Sickle and slice,
sickle and slice.

A blood-painted sky,
a huntscape
in white,

burn bright, burn bright.

Wolf, howl, find
your prey,
make ghosts tonight,
ghosts tonight.


© 2014 Jennifer Wagner


for my seven-year-old, who loves arctic wolves
and for Poets U


34 comments:

  1. This sends a chill up my spine! Very cool poem...

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  2. I love this poem.

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  3. This is beautiful.....as is the wolf. This poem has an eeriness to it though, as I can hear the wolf's howl!

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  4. This takes me back to my Jack London days. How I would read my White Fang book in the middle of the night so comfortable on my bed.

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  5. This is like a shaman's shant - I hear drums and see the glowing ember in addition to the sky burning by the setting sun.

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  6. the repetitions seem like a chant, a call to the wolf on winter.

    by the way, have you heard about the movie "Wolf Children"? It's a Japanese animated film... maybe your 7 year old will like it.

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  7. Enter a stranger's realm at your own risk. Tread carefully and take gifts for the residents. The poem had a lovely 'feel' to it.

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  8. a beauty... i like the ending... make ghosts tonight..

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  9. very cool rhyhthm in this one... love the repetition as well... makes it all the more intense

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  10. Love this as it echoes down a snow covered valley and howls with the wolves!

    Donna@LivingFromHappiness

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  11. there is a haunting, fearsome quality to these lines which capture the predatory instincts of the wolf

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  12. Magical 'huntscape'...feeling the vast space for wild...enchanted words...I imagine, how your son loves this poem....

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  13. AsI write this morning, the sun is now up but when I got up the sky was 'blood-pained' so your poem resonates with me all the more.

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  14. excellent. very nice rhythm

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  15. Yes, like a shaman's chant and I so love it!

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  16. Beautiful poem. The wolf is hunted and hunting.

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  17. That must be a mature 7 year old! I love the merging of sound, hunger, death, ghosts and chorus.

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  18. I hope your seven year old enjoys this as much as I do. I must be part wolf. I secretly howl at the moon.

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  19. The ghost maker...the wolf.
    Vivid, nice read.

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  20. This is like a chant, as others also have mentioned. Cool, vivid, powerful. Wolves are fascinating.

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  21. I can smell the ice and snow and frost in the air . . . goosebumps. The piece goes right to one's core - a haunting incantation.

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  22. Cool and vicious as prowling night.. Shhhhhh...be careful of where you want to step in..;)

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  23. I loved this...reminds me of a fairytale. Mystical and magical.

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  24. cool echo there in the end..love the wolves too...
    my aunt collects wolf paintings and other art so i usually
    look for something this time of year...would be cool to see one
    in real life...just not coming for me...smiles.

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  25. I really enjoy the simple scene and the repetition. It makes for a very vivid poem.

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  26. Nice photo and verse, as always! _m

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  27. Beware of wolves but aren't they beautiful creatures!! nice post and picture! MERRY CHRISTMAS & A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR:))

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  28. Delightful Jennifer ~ I read this out loud and found it rich and imaginative ~

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